Osun Commences Signage Enforcement Law

Osun Internally Displaced Pensioners Are Ingrates – AregbesolaThe Executive Vice Chairman of Osun State Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency also known as O’Signage, Mrs Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo has indicated the readiness of her agency to commence the enforcement of the signage law in the state to ensure strict compliance .

Addressing pressmen on Monday at the Correspondent Chapel Secretariat of the NUJ in Osogbo, Mrs Gbadebo disclosed that removal and demand notices have been placed on most of the sign boards and bill boards across the state.

She also disclosed that the removal notice placed on the signage might have been done because the owners might have not registered or paid annual dues or the erection not properly done legally.

She therefore called on individuals and corporate bodies with such notices to come to Signage office to get clearance.

The Osun O’signage Boss admonished those who want to pay for the signage to pay directly to the government account in various banks, saying the agency does not allow its staff to collect cash from the people so that the funds cannot be diverted by any of its officers.

According to Mrs Gbadebo, the state government is most concerned about safety of lives, adding that vision blights do occur as a result of competitive location of several bill boards along roadsides and often resulted in accidents and loss of lives.

She disclosed that the three core objectives that inform the activities of signage agency are to standardize erection of board and signage in an orderly manner, create environmental aesthetics, encourage and enhance commercial activities making the retailers to benefit more than others.

She further revealed that the agency is determined to clean the state of all form of posters religious, social and political in a bid to instill the environmental cleanness expected in the state.

She added that the cleaning of the posters is devoid of any political or religious insinuations.

“Whether political or religious and any other type of poster or signage, the owners must register with the government properly and the agency would guide them on the right way and appropriate places to paste posters or erect billboards.”

“We can no longer tolerate the manner major streets have been defaced with posters and other signage and billboards. We appeal to whoever that wants to use public space for advertisement to come for registration and follow regulations”.

Mrs Gbadebo said any individual, religious organization, political party; company or business owner who attempts to use public space for advertisement without the authorization of the Osun Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency would be arrested and prosecuted.

She warned that pasting of posters indiscriminately would no longer be allowed in any part of the state and that only those who register appropriately would be able to make use of the public space for advertisement purposes.

Soliciting the support of the citizens to the activities of the agency, Mrs Gbadebo disclosed that the agency allows installment payment of the annual dues, as well as the need to patronize professional advertisers.

The signage dues according to her is determined by sizes or location as well as the level of industrial concerned involved with the signage.

Prime Minister May Triggers ‘Historic’ Brexit

theresa-mayPrime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain’s divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, declaring there was no turning back and ushering in a tortuous exit process that will test the bloc’s cohesion and pitch her country into the unknown.

In one of the most significant steps by a British leader since World War Two, May notified EU Council President Donald Tusk in a hand-delivered letter that Britain would quit the club it joined in 1973.

“The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union,” May told parliament nine months after Britain shocked investors and world leaders by unexpectedly voting to quit the bloc. “This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back.”

The prime minister, an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the political turmoil that followed the referendum vote, now has two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce before it comes into effect in late March 2019.

May, 60, has one of the toughest jobs of any recent British prime minister: holding Britain together in the face of renewed Scottish independence demands, while conducting arduous talks with 27 other EU states on finance, trade, security and other complex issues.

The outcome of the negotiations will shape the future of Britain’s $2.6 trillion economy, the world’s fifth biggest, and determine whether London can keep its place as one of the top two global financial centers.

For the EU, already reeling from successive crises over debt and refugees, the loss of Britain is the biggest blow yet to 60 years of efforts to forge European unity in the wake of two world wars.

Its leaders say they do not want to punish Britain. But with nationalist, anti-EU parties on the rise across Europe, they cannot afford to give London generous terms that might encourage other member states to break away.

UK Begins Exit Process From European Union

brexitThe United Kingdom has formally begun the country’s departure from the European Union.

The country’s permanent representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow has handed a letter triggering Article 50 to the European Council President Donald Tusk.

This follows a June referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.

Prime Minister Theresa May, an initial opponent of Brexit, who won the top job in the political turmoil that followed the referendum vote, now has two years to settle the terms of the exit before it comes into effect in late March 2019.

Senate To Investigate Prof. Itse Sagay’s Comment

Judges' Call For Amaechi To Step Down Is Diversionary - Itse SagayThe Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate remarks allegedly made by the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay.

Raising a point of order on the floor, Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, drew the attention of lawmakers to a report in a newspaper publication, where Professor Sagay was allegedly quoted as saying that the Senate is filled with people of questionable character.

Senator Ibn Na’allah maintained that Senators do not have questionable characters and therefore asked the Senate to summon Professor Sagay to name those who he feels have questionable characters in the Senate.

The Senate consequently referred the matter to its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate and report back to the Upper Chamber.

Enugu Govt. Builds 300 Schools Across 17 LGAs

Federal Fire Service, Enugu State, Joseph Anebi, Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Enugu state government said it has spent three billion Naira, to build about three hundred school blocks in both primary and secondary schools across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

The Enugu Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Ezeh said the administration inherited a lot of dilapidated structures which posed a great challenge to learning especially in a conducive environment.

”Last year alone, the governor committed three billion Naira to the construction of new school blocks and renovation of old ones. From May last year to this date, about 300 school blocks have been completed. If you move round Enugu state now you will see so many beautiful school blocks, some are renovated while some are completely new”.

He noted also that the Ugwuanyi administration is committed to fulfilling its campaign promises especially in the area of education which is in the first phase of its action plan and has captured more in the second phase of its plan.

Prof. Eze noted that in addition to approval of the release of teachers promotion in the state, structures has been put in place to train and retrain teachers for quality to be maintained in the education system.

”We have put structures in place to see that we continue to train our teachers. For instance, we have what we call state school improvement team at the headquarters and each member of the team has a local government they are in charge of. The person has a responsibility of supporting the school support officers who have direct contact with the teachers. They go round schools to monitor teaching, learning and supporting the teachers”

The principal of community secondary school Ugwogo Niike, Mr. John Ikpa said the three new school blocks have continued to make learning easy .

”We have three new blocks and the students are happy, we have never had it like this before. The students are beginning to feel the impact of government and we are very grateful.

Ondo Govt Commends Court Of Appeal Judgment On Olanusi’s Impeachment

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightThe Ondo State governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has hailed Friday’s victory of the former Deputy Governor of the state, Ali Olanusi, at the Court of Appeal in Akure.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, the 79-page judgement delivered by Justice Muhammed Danjuma was well deserved.

According to him, the judgement is a triumph of democracy and triumph of light over darkness.

The governor added that the judgement would discourage political leaders from arbitrary actions and decisions.

He therefore commended the judiciary for its resolute to ensure that tenets of democracy are promoted.

He said the judgement confirmed that Olanusi was maltreated, abused and humiliated by the crop of the lawmakers who planned and executed the illegal impeachment.

In his judgement, Justice Danjuma said Olanusi’s impeachment did not follow due process of law and cannot stand because the former Deputy Governor was not personally served the originating summon, adding that he was denied to make his presentation before a panel set up to investigate the alleged gross misconduct levelled against him.

The Judge maintained that Mr Olanusi remained the Ondo State Deputy Governor from April 27, 2015, the date he was wrongly impeached by the State House of Assembly till February 24, 2017 when the tenure of the then governor, Olusegun Mimiko expired.

Polio Campaign Eradication: Yobe Govt. Visits Low Performing LGAs

Polio, sokoto stateThe task force on the eradication of polio in Yobe state north east Nigeria, has visited low performing Local Government Areas of the state.

The state chairman of the task force and the state deputy Governor Abubakar Aliyu led members of the committee to three council areas of the state, he considered backward in accepting the oral vaccine.

The team visited Fune, Karasuwa and Nguru Local Government Areas where it met with the council chairmen and traditional rulers on the need to ensure their subjects receive the immunization.

Addressing the chairmen and traditional rulers in the three council areas, the committee chairman Abubakar Aliyu informed them that their council areas are lacking behind in receiving the vaccines, he tasked them to ensure frequent participation.

“We are in your domain because you are lacking the full acceptance of the polio vaccines and we are here to solicit your cooperation in ensuring your children within the age are immunized against the deathly decease”.

The deputy Governor also said the immunization team is always moving round to ensure eligible children are administered the oral vaccine.

He said the need for vigorous campaign became necessary in view of the fact that Polio cases reoccurred recently in Borno and Bauchi states sharing boundary with Yobe, hence the need to take proactive measures to forestall future occurrence.

“We are intensifying this enlightenment campaign because our neighboring states of Borno and Bauchi states recently had setbacks on the polio free situation.

“We want your full participation to ensure that setbacks of this nature are tackled before the outbreak” Abubakar Aliyu said.

The vice chairman of Fune Local Government area, Abdulkadir Jajere commended the committee for the visit and assured that the local authorities in collaboration with the traditional institution will work assiduously towards maintaining a polio free state.

“On behalf of the affected Local Government Areas, I want to show our appreciation for your concern and I can assure you that we will embark on serious mobilization to ensure that parents take their children within the age for the immunization exercise”.

Apart from having consultation with the Local Government Areas, the team also visited hospitals in the areas to assess situations there, as well as to address the health workers on how best to attend to parents and children during the immunization.

Yobe state has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as well as the Dangote foundation to launch an aggressive battle to eradicate polio in the state.

The committee for the eradication of polio in Yobe state under the chairmanship of Abubakar Aliyu recently stationed polio vaccine administrators at checking points in the state, to tackle any case entering the state from neighborhoods.

Nigeria’s Economic Structure Obstructs Development – Ogunseye

ogunseyeA Development Expert Bolaji Ogunseye, has said that the way Nigeria is structured will not bring economic development or get the country out of recession.

He noted that there is no synergy between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Ogunseye stated that one of the major concerns of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Finance is how to get out of the current recession affecting the nation.

While for the CBN, their concern is how the foreign exchanged is managed, trade, inflation, policy conditions of portfolio investment.

He mentioned that both the government (Ministry of Finance) and the CBN are not coming out with a clear economic roadmap.

“The monetary authorities see themselves as having a mission that are opposed to a binary way, both of them are arguing over, 30 percent of the fundamental issues affecting the Nigerian economy”.

He further stated that part of the issue affecting the country is not being able to achieve inclusive growth.

Comparing the economy of China to Nigeria, he said China is growing at 6% despite their economic challenges.

Achieving Inclusive Growth

For inclusive growth to be achieved, Mr Ogunseye noted the two monetary policies (CBN and Ministry of Finance) should be able to manage poverty and gradually build or transit to a middle class economy.


Imo Assembly Moves To Provide Legal Framework For ICAPS

Man Arraigned For Alleged Assault And Public FightA bill seeking to provide a legal framework for the establishment of Imo state College of Advance Professional Studies (ICAPS), to regulate the conduct of the staff and management including the students of the college has been brought to the floor of the Imo State House of Assembly.

The bill which was sponsored by member representing Ideato North state constituency, Hon Arthur Egwim at the plenary has passed the second reading.

Leading debate on the all-important Bill at the floor of the House, Hon. Egwim explained that the bill which has 8 parts and 55 sections was aimed at ensuring that the professional institution is well funded by the state Government.

The lawmaker described the Establishment of the Imo College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS) as one of the best policies, if the Okorocha led administration, which unfortunately has operated without any legal backing since its inception, with the implementation of the bill when it’s passed to law, will be made to function effectively and efficiently.

He observed that the institution was designed to admit candidates who are professionals that graduated from different institutions of higher learning, giving them room to go for compulsory one year professional training to acquaint them with professional skills to meet the demands of labour market.

The lawmaker also disclosed that his intention to move the bill is out of his desire to contribute his quota for the smooth running of the well-articulated institution, and the bill when passed into law will take care of the loss of accreditation which the institution has suffered in the years back.

FG Commends School Feeding Programme In Ogun

zainab-ahmedThe Federal Government has commended the efforts of the Ogun State Government, on the success of the recently introduced Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).

The programme was introduced to provide balanced diet for pupils in primary 1 – 3, in all public schools in the federation.

Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed gave the commendation during an assessment visit to St. Paul Demonstration School, Iyana-Oluwo, Onikolobo, Abeokuta, the state capital.

The minister re-emphasized that the introduction of the feeding programme for pupils by the Federal Government was aimed at alleviating poverty and make learning more conducive for the beneficiaries, especially in the society as it targets the vulnerable.

She affirmed that the Home Grown School Feeding Programme would go a long way in boosting their mental capacity as well as increase enrollment in the Public Primary schools.

In the same vein, Governor of the State, Ibikunle Amosun commended the Federal Government for choosing Ogun for the pilot scheme, saying the programme had boosted employment opportunities in the state.

The Ogun State government has also been applauded for giving education a pride of place in the scheme of things.

Minister of State, Budget and National Planning,  Zanaib Ahmed made this submission while fielding questions from journalists after inspection of facilities at Akin Ogunpola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the State.

Ahmed described the government owned Model College as a place where parents who are desirous of giving their children qualitative education should enroll them.

Zaki Biam Victims: Ortom Orders For Adequate Medical Treatment

benue-ortomGovernor Samuel Ortom has ordered for adequate medical treatment to survivors of the Zaki Biam yam market attack.

The governor also promised to increase the presence of joint security in Zaki Biam to prevent further break down of law and order.

The governor gave the directive when he led the State Security Council to commiserate with victims of the attack, promising to pay their medical bills.

Seventeen persons were reportedly killed at Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on ICT and Media told Channels Television that the killings took place on Monday after an attack on traders in a yam market in the town.

He said Governor Samuel Ortom was scheduled to visit the scene on Tuesday.

While, the spokesman for the State Police Command, Moses Yamu, who also confirmed the attack, said the casualty figure was uncertain.

Residents Decry Indiscriminate Refuse Dumping In Lafia

Kubwa Residents Cry Out Over Refuse DumpSome residents in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital have complained of the dumping of refuse indiscriminately in the heart of the city.

They called on the government to bring up a more practicable approach to curb the unhealthy trend.

This was made known when Channels Television visited some of the streets within the state capital.

Inspite of intensified efforts by the state government through the Nasarawa Urban Development Board to keep the city clean with the provision of trash cans at some locations and ensuring that workers of the sanitation unit of the urban development board clear the refuse daily, some residents seem not to be co-operating in that regard.

It was observed that some residents prefer to throw refuse on the ground and in the drainage.

Residents are not bothered as they are living in close contact with filth and moving about their normal businesses.

A resident of Lafia, Yohanna Anzaku placed the blame at the door step of the residents and the government .

They are of the opinion that both of them must join hands to ensure that the state capital is clean, as this does not augur well for the state.

“Truly the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in a town like this is bad, especially in the heart of the town like this, I think it is not the best because it does not make the place look clean and healthy”

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the Managing Director of the Nasarawa Urban development board was unsuccessful.